MEET OUR BOARD
KIMBERLEE MCTAGGART – NOVA SCOTIA
Kimberlee McTaggart is a Gemini award-winning editor who has been working in the Canadian film industry for over 25 years. After graduating from York University with a BFA in film production, Kim produced, directed, and/or edited several award-winning documentaries in the late 80’s and early 90’s before beginning to work exclusively in post-production in 1994.
Kim has edited several dramatic series such as Lexx, Gullages, Made in Canada, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Call Me Fitz, Studio Black, Diggstown, Seed and Pure. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on both Call Me Fitz and Seed, as well as the feature film Blackbird. She has also edited and post–supervised several non-dramatic series and specials for broadcast clients such as CBC, CTV, PBS, Nickelodeon, Life, VisionTV, Bravo, Showcase, History and Space.
Up for a new challenge, Kim took a break from editing for a few years to run a production company where she and her business partner produced several documentaries and two documentary series. She also worked as a business affairs consultant for other companies during this time, and executive produced several short dramatic films. She has now back in the editor’s chair full-time.
Kim just stepped down from the executive board of the Director’s Guild of Canada, where she served for over 10 years. She is also a founding member of the new Halifax Chapter of the CCE – Canadian Cinema Editors. She is excited to now be serving as interim Chair of WIFT-AT.
MARIA MACNEIL – NOVA SCOTIA
Maria MacNeil is a Independent TV Producer from Halifax Nova Scotia. After returning from Toronto, Ontario , Maria transferred her extensive business skills to her new career in the TV Industry in 2002. Her roles cover all aspects of a Producer ranging from Executive Producer to Line Producer/PM to Finance and Business Affairs. For the next several years she worked with Richard Zurawski producing documentaries and series for the Canadian Channels; Discovery, History, Vision, CBC and Discovery Kids. For the series, M5 Weapons for War, she also wore the hats of creative producer, director and script editor.
She then went on to do contract work for other local production houses and ultimately landed with Story House Productions Inc (SHP), a US Production House with offices in Halifax, Washington, Berlin and Munich, where she has worked for the last five years. Initially running projects out of the Halifax office, she soon took on the role of VP Productions overseeing production for the Washington and Halifax offices and liaising with the German office on shared productions.
As well as specializing in true crime series, SHP produces a wide range of topics for documentary series and features , including Neanderthal Apocalypse, a co-venture between SHP and Maria's own production company for ZDF (E) and Shaw Canada (History).
Maria has worked closely with Story House's clients including Smithsonian Channel, Discovery US/UK, Reelz Channel, History US, ZDF, OWN (Canada), PBS (Thirteen), Nat Geo and Red Bull Media GmbH. Maria is currently working with Donna Davies on her upcoming projects.
Maria is a member of DOC-Canada, Atlantic ( Board-Treasurer), WIFT-AT (Board) and Screen Nova Scotia.
AMY TREFRY - NOVA SCOTIA
Re-locating to Halifax in 2016, Amy has found an exceptional community of talented and passionate actors, filmmakers and artists to immerse herself in. Discovering the incredible willingness to share, teach and mentor within this community, she has been grateful for the continual opportunity to grow and contribute as a performer and creator.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology and a Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences where she studied food security in South Africa.
She has been a nomadic traveler recently, having spent much of the last five years abroad living, working and exploring with her partner. Her connection to the arts has been constant, despite the many other endeavours she has taken on.
Amy has increasingly made acting her primary focus although continues to work part time as a Yoga Instructor, Life Coach and Personal Wellness Coach through her business Full Element Living.
KAITLYN ADAIR - NEW BRUNSWICK
Kaitlyn Adair is a passionate filmmaker from Bathurst, New Brunswick. She started her career in film working as an actor in film and television in Vancouver, B.C. She attended Vancouver Film School in 2011 and has been pursuing her passion in film since.
As a member of the NB Film Co-op, she recently took the leap to director/producer with a short film she wrote called March 2.4. She is the winner of the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award and, was a finalist in the CBC Pitch Competition at the 2018 Women Making Waves conference. Kaitlyn was accepted at the Banff Centre for a film residency in July, 2018.
Kaitlyn is dedicated to feminist-based media and creating inclusive spaces for marginalized communities to partake in visual arts.
EMILY BRIDGER - NEWFOUNDLAND
Emily Bridger is a Newfoundland-based filmmaker. Emily was the recipient of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, which she used for her short, Waste It, which premiered at The St. John's International Women's Film Festival and recently screened at the Nickel Independent Film Festival.
Emily recently completed her first feature film with director Ruth Lawrence (another alumnae of the RBC Michelle Jackson award) and producer Jenny Howley.
The film, Little Orphans, was nominated by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival for Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and was the only film to be selected from the province.
RENEE HORTON - NOVA SCOTIA
Renée Horton was bitten by the entertainment publicity bug when she lived in Toronto, working with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, then with Corus Entertainment as the Publicist for W Network, CMT and Movie Central. The opportunity to work on Canadian Idol (Season 3) turned into a 5-year position at CTV, working on eTalk and the network’s many homegrown and international shows.
After moving back home to Nova Scotia in 2012, Renée dabbled in non-profit and provided publicity services for small, local films including, Bunker 6 and Your Money or Your Wife. She then joined CBC Nova Scotia as Senior Communications Officer on a contract and the bug was back. She knew she had to jump into Nova Scotia’s entertainment scene.
Now the founder of Horton Publicity, Renée is representing clients ranging from documentary producers, TV series, magazines and authors. She recently worked on indie film darling Black Cop and is currently the Unit Publicist for Mr. D.
Renée holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and lives in Cole Harbour, NS with her filmmaker husband and three boys.
LOUISE LALONDE – PEI
In 2001, Louise graduated from the Trebas Institute in Film and Television Production. Since then, she has developed and managed several mentoring programs in screenwriting and film production for the Island Media Arts Coop and initiated and manages the annual PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, which is now entering its seventh year as a highly successful professional development activity for emerging and mid-career screenwriters.
She has also written, directed, and produced several short films that have screened in regional film festivals.
CAT LEBLANC – NEW BRUNSWICK
Cat has been Membership Services Director at the NB Film Co-op for over 20 years. She assists members with their film/video productions from development to distribution. She has done production management on many member projects through the years.
She coordinates the annual provincial workshop program through the Film Co-op, is involved in the Short Film Venture Program with partner New Brunswick Film, sits on the Linda Joy Media Arts Committee, and is co-lead for programming, events and, finance for the Silver Wave Film Festival.
Cat was awarded the CBC Pioneer Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2010 and was one of four women from Atlantic Canada presented with the 2011 WAVE Awards for film, TV and new media, honouring women in the industry for their accomplishments, vision, leadership and dedication.
Cat is also a composer, singer, musician and, filmmaker. She received an artnsb music scholarship to further develop her music, a grant from the province to produce a music album and a scholarship to be a musician in residence at the Banff Centre for three weeks in 2018. She recently received another grant from artsnb to create a new body of music.
She just finished her second residency at Connexion ARC and was accepted into an artist residency in Italy in 2019. Cat has performed her original music at folk festivals and special events and is being mentored by iconic music artist Dan Hill (Sometimes When We Touch). Cat is represented by Jo Jo Sween Management.
LYNN MATHESON – NOVA SCOTIA
Lynn is a committed, some might say obsessive, lifelong-learner. She has a Bachelor of Public Relations degree and just two years ago, earned an MBA after six years of part-time study. She has also studied in China which earned her a Certificate in International Chinese Studies and an appreciation for mattresses in dorm rooms. At the same time, she worked in public relations and government administration developing the ability to juggle multiple tasks!
She is currently transitioning into the film industry after taking courses at AFCOOP and Centre for Art Tapes; notably the FILM5 program and Media Arts Scholarship. She has produced, crewed and created a number of shorts, and recently produced a 1K Wave Atlantic feature.
KELSEY POWER - NOVA SCOTIA
Kelsey Power has been interested in filmmaking—particularly within the documentary genre—for some time. Kelsey is no stranger to WIFT-AT, she recently completed a 26 week work term with the organization as the Programming and Conference Coordinator.
She was trained to work in television and took courses related to the history and presentation of cinema throughout her undergraduate education at the University of King’s College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours). She wrote about documentary filmmaking in Canada for her honours project.
The multimedia journalist has helped on student film productions, acted as a videographer, and worked on her own and on volunteer oriented film projects. She further increased her understanding of this industry by participating in WIFT–AT’s mentorship program, New Waves, in 2016—which is when she first attended Women Making Waves! She also acted as a camera assistant trainee on the FILM 5 production Dirty Milk, this past spring, and has since participated in another of filmmaker, Yalitsa Riden’s projects—acting as an assistant animator on the docupoem ICE, for the Lunenburg Doc Fest this September.
She is currently participating in the SYNC Music Video Program where she will be directing for the first time.
Aside from her formal and freelance work as a multimedia journalist, Kelsey has had experience in administration, program coordination, research, project management, communications, fundraising, public relations, and marketing within various media organizations and non-profits. The community-centred writer, dancer, and general creative is excited to bring her multidisciplinary skill set to WIFT-AT, and looks forward to making this a memorable year. She is happy to be working towards the empowerment of women in this industry!
KAREN ROBERTS - NEWFOUNDLAND
In 2011, through Newfoundland Independent Filmmaker Co-operative’s (NIFCO) Introductory to Film and First Time Filmmakers program, Karen wrote and directed her first short film We Are Who We Are.
In 2012, she completed Sir Wilfred Laurier Script Writing for Film & Television. In 2013 and 2015 Karen attended Writing for the Small Screen Workshop at the PEI Screenwriters Bootcamp, where she began developing her a web series.
In 201,5 she produced her first documentary Life’s Short. Wear the Sparkly Earrings, which has screened throughout Atlantic Canada.
Karen works full-time as an Executive Assistant where she has been able to continue working with film through producing documentary videos. This has able Karen to explore and share stories of rural Newfoundland.
PAMELA SEGGER – NOVA SCOTIA
Pamela Segger focused on performance art at the Victoria School of the Arts and Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta then enjoyed a career in Finance before returning to her creative roots to complete the UCLA Feature Film Writing program in 2009. Pamela came home to Nova Scotia to write plays and screenplays as well as instruct theatre, improv, and dance. In 2012 Pamela co-founded It’s Alive Theatre Company in Lunenburg, which produces locally written and independently produced plays.
Pamela also co-founded Lunenburg Doc Fest, where she serves as Executive Director. Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films from around the globe that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Pamela is a member of WIFT-AT, AFCOOP, PARC, Screen Nova Scotia, DOC Canada - Atlantic and Centre for Art Tapes.
HOLLY STEVENS - NOVA SCOTIA
Holly graduated with a bachelor’s in science from Acadia University and then went on to Vancouver where she earned diplomas in acting for film and television from School Creative, and in medical laboratory science from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Over the past 10 years she has had the honour of working as an actor and crew member with various production companies in Halifax and Vancouver.
Her passion for visual storytelling brought her back to Nova Scotia to co-host the paranormal investigation series Haunted (2017), which is now in its third season. Most recently, she has acted in several feature films, including the role of Ryan in The Last Divide (2018) and the lead roles of Neila in Aliens with Knives (2018) and Amy in Shadow in the Mirror (2019).
In October 2018, she produced her first television series, Sláinte with Winter Light Productions and the support of Eastlink Community TV and the Nova Scotia Business Incentive.
Having been apart of the New Waves program in 2018, Holly is thrilled to join the board here at WIFT-AT and being a closer part of this amazing community of driven and supportive film industry women.
ADVISORS & EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
JAN MILLER - NOVA SCOTIA Founding Chair
Jan draws from more than 25 years working in the international market place as consultant, connector, and trainer. She is director of Trans Atlantic Partners, a one-of-a-kind international training program that focuses on transatlantic feature film and drama series co-production with Europe, Canada, and the U.S.A. Jan also presents one of the top pitching and concept development workshops globally, working with key industry players to connect projects and talent.
Jan designed the ‘Industry’ component of Women in View’s 5 Women in Focus program.
As founding chair, Jan launched Women in Film and Television Atlantic and its annual conference Women Making Waves. She is on the national board of Women in View, which supports women in all roles in the screen industry. She is also on the board of the AFC.
ANN BERNIER - NOVA SCOTIA
Ann Bernier has been working in the film and television business since 1988 when she began working at Telefilm Canada’s Atlantic office.
For 12 years, she spent much time nurturing new upcoming filmmakers and producers, overseeing much of the television and feature film development projects and later the new media fund. Ann was instrumental in establishing a new program for emerging filmmakers.
One of the first projects to come out of the program was the critically-acclaimed Parsley Days by Andrea Dorfman. Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival in 2000 and 2001 to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners (Canada and the UK in 2000 and Canada, Spain and Latin America in 2001).
She has been an independent producer since 1999.Ann was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc. which produced such award winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum staring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly and directed by Richard Kwietnioski, New Waterford Girl and The River King, and the documentary Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey by Connie Littlefield.
She was the Executive Producer on Rohan Fernando’s feature film Snow. Ann is currently working with Donna Davies’ on her feature film documentary Fanarchists: The Fan Film Phenomenon, with John Walker on his latest feature documentary Arctic Defenders and with her partner Chris Zimmer of the animated feature, Amfibiya.
SARAH MACLEOD – NOVA SCOTIA
Sarah has enjoyed working in many different aspects of the screen industry. Since beginning her career at the Atlantic Film Festival, she transitioned into film and television productions, other film festivals, conferences and even music awards, garnering her a broad range of experience in creative and administrative capacities.
Sarah has been involved with WIFT-Atlantic since 2011 and feels very strongly about the future of this organization and its importance here in Atlantic Canada.
In both professional and social situations (most of which cross in this industry), Sarah stands out. Personable and enthusiastic about film, women in film and women in film, television and digital media in Atlantic Canada.
Beginning in 2003 at the AFF, and through several film and television productions, she continues to engage her mentors and hone her skills. Sarah has coordinated many aspects of the film/entertainment nexus including award ceremonies, screenings and galas and is always on the look out for new and exciting opportunities.